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Adam Lambert might "wear a helmet" during his Sonisphere set with Queen

Adam Lambert has opened up about his forthcoming live set with Queen at Sonisphere Festival and insists he isn't afraid of the sometimes icy reception acts can be met with at rock and metal events in the UK. 

Speaking exclusively to the NME, the 'Whataya Want From Me' powerhouse admits he was surprised to hear that bands in the past have been 'bottled' and joked that he might wear a "helmet" while on stage to be on the safe side:

"Oh great! Well I'll be sure to wear something that protects my helmet. I wear a helmet onstage, maybe that would be a good fashion statement."

He also stressed that he is in no way trying to replace the late Freddie Mercury and only wants to use his own stunning vocal abilities to emulate the stage presence and star power the 'We Will Rock You' legend possessed:

"The way I look at it is I’m not trying to imitate or outdo him or compete in any way, that’s not even in my mind at all, I think it's really an honour to be asked to sing the music that he and the band wrote and get up there and put on a good show. If people are too busy trying to compare, they're not going to enjoy the music."




Addressing recent rumours that suggest Lambert will be joining the iconic rock band on a more permanent basis, he added: "One of the things [people have said] was, 'He's gonna be the permanent frontman of Queen'."

"Although that would be a beautiful experience, the tricky thing this year for me is I also have my album coming out, 'Trespassing', and that's gonna take a lot of work and time and energy. So it's really a one-off experience with the band, and I'm really excited for it. But I'm not joining the band and touring with them."

Tickets for Sonisphere are now on sale and you can watch Lambert's latest video for 'Better Than I Know Myself' here: